{multicol} is about the multicol package and its multicols environment which allows to typeset text in multiple columns (up to 10) and to balance the end of each column at the end of the environment. For questions about multi-column areas inside a table, use {tables} plus {multicolumn} instead.

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Full width code listing within two column text

I am using multicols to create two columns for body text. For code typesetting I am using the listings package. For the latter I have created an environment using \lstnewenvironment command, used as ...
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How to insert a one column page within a twocolumn document?

I have a twocolumn layout which is rendering quite well except for the last page. The incriminated page contains a bibliography with several URLs, each one being cut on several lines. For better ...
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Vertical Centering in a multicols

In a document I have several multicols units, in which on one side there is an image and on the other side some information in a itemize. Now, depending on the image / information, the two "sections" ...
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nested multicols with itemised list

Is there any way to reduce the column separation in \begin{itemize}...\end{itemize} in the following MWE to be the same as \setlength{\columnsep}{1cm}. Also how can I remove the column separation rule ...
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What are the main advantages to using the multicol package over the twocolumn documentclass option?

I'm going to be writing my dissertation in LaTeX quite soon. Whenever I've done work in the past in LaTeX, I've always just used \documentclass[twocolumn]{article} but I've heard about multicol. ...
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How to fix a figure at the top or bottom of a column within multicol?

Within the multicol environment I want to be able to fix a figure to be displayed at either the top or bottom of a column (as in a scientific journal). The figure environment cannot be used in ...
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column header for multicols

I would like to add a fixed content (produced by e.g. \parbox) at the top of every column of a multicols* environment. How can I do this? The optional argument of multicols* is only added on the first ...
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How to create three column document with visible dividers?

I added \threecolumn but it doesn't work. What command will change the document layout to three column format with dividers visible like the following illustration? ---------HEADER--------- ###### | ...
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Align baseline in multicol

I'm using the multicol package and would like to align the baseline of the two columns. The simple use of a \paragraph heading seems to throw off the alignment, which can be pretty jarring visually. ...
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How can I make todo comments when using the multicol package?

I need to use the multicol package and I want to have todo items in the margin. I found the todonotes package which looked very promising: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{todonotes} ...
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Reduce vertical spacing itemize and multicols

I have added code to reduce the spacing before itemize. However, when I use multicols still a lot of extra vertical white space is added (see the space before the subitems). Does anyone know how to ...
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Twocolumn part in document

I'd like to stretch long lists into two or more columns. Like: Some single-column text. Lorem 4. Sit Ipsum 5. Amet Dolor Another single-column text. Or: Some ...
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How can I create a multicol “figure”?

I have the following, somewhat minimal, example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{multicol} \begin{document} \begin{multicols}{2} \begin{minipage}{\textwidth} \begin{framed} The function ...
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Using BibTeX, how can I make the bibliography multicolumn?

Since my bibligraphy stretches over several pages I would like to make only these pages multicolum (2 columns) and maybe also make their text size a bit smaller than the document standard. How is ...
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How to place two code snippets next to each other with minted?

The minted package for code highlighting comes with a float environment called listing. Now I would like to place two of this code listings next to each other, but I have no idea how to do this. I ...
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Bibliography spacing with BibLaTeX (and two columns)

I need to fine tune the distances marked as A, B, C and D in the figure below. Any suggestions? In particular, I would like B=0pt, and the other three to be small. I am using BibLaTeX and two ...
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Skip to next column if too few lines remain in current column to complete an environment

I'm using \documentclass[addpoints,answers,12pt]{exam} \usepackage{multicol} to generate Multiple Choice Question paper in two columns. I want to start new question on next column, if less ...
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Balance columns in all document

In IEEE documents all the columns are balanced. Is it posible to achieve this in an article class?.
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How can I create a bibliography like a section?

I have the following: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{multicol} \begin{document} \begin{multicols}{2} \section{} \begin{thebibliography}{99} \subsection{Differentiation} ...
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Three-columns text with figures of 2\columnwidth

Although in multicol environment (not the twocolumn option in document class) is problematic to place floats, there are some ways to put figures within a single column or occupying the entire width of ...
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Displaying verse numbers on the left of corresponding column in multi-colmn text

I have two-column text that consists of multiple verses that are numbered sequentially. Imagine a text like below flowing into page in two columns. 1 Text for verse one that belongs to first verse. 2 ...
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Interaction with multicol and mdframed results in misaligned rows

This works fine with TeXLive2011 and was working fine with TeXLive2012 until I recently updated the packages. So with TexLive2011, this produces: but with an updated TeXLive2012 this yields: ...
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Frame over multicol columnbreak

Hello everybody out there using TeX, Is there a possibility to draw a frame over a columnbreak when using for example the multicol package? I've already tried several possibilities and done ...
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Footnotes in tabular environments within multicols

I'm running into a strange inconsistency when I use footnotes in and out of tabular environments within multicols. In particular, I'm declaring a savenotes environment in a style file as follows: ...
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Keeping checkboxes aligned using the Exam class

I'm using the exam class in a multicols environment to create a series of worksheets. Many questions are yes/no. If the question is too long, it wraps to the next line and moves the answers. Is there ...
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Type several columns using right-to-left language

I want type Farsi (this language is right-to-left) in several columns. How do I start the contents from the first column to the right?
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Divide the page into 2 parts

I have text, formulas and an enumeration. I tried to use multicols, but it divides the text where it wants. I used tabular, but it don't allow to have an enumeration or I don't know how to do it. In ...
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First line of first paragraph after section/subsection is indented

When writing an essay with the article class, the first line after a section or subsection has somewhere along the way become indented. According to typographic standards (American standards, I ...
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Bibliography in two columns, section title in one

I'm using the following to span the bibliography to two columns: \begin{multicols}{2} \bibliographystyle{abbrv} \bibliography{mybib} \end{multicols} Yet, the section title ("References" in the ...
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How to make {multicols}{2} the same as \twocolumn ?

Using \begin{multicols}{2} gives me unexpected results. It seems like if I write 8 lines, then it divides by 2, then puts 4 lines in the left column and then the other 4 in the right column (see ...
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Spurious [?] vertical space introduced by multicols

In the example below, you'll notice, in the first box, a slight spurious vertical space before the text actually starts, and probably introduced by multicols. Do you know how to get rid of it? ...
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Multicol layout with consistent blank column

So I am looking to create a standardized test with math questions going down the left side of page with space for figuring on the right side of page. My goal is to get code that is clean, where I ...
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Two-columns, 10pt bibliography / specific pages only, in a one-column, 12pt text body

For the writing of a document with a limited number of pages that I would like to keep easy to read and scheme over, I would like to have the main text in one column, 12pt the bibliography in ...
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Shaded multicols II

In extending a previous question, Shaded multicols, how can I put rounded corners on the multicol environment, for the outer 4 corners (ie the corners directly next to the page margins) This question ...
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A problem with vertical positioning of `multicols`

In my previous question, I asked about a problem with vertical alignment at the bottom of the page; the solution (provided by egreg) was simple and obvious. However, here is a less-minimal example ...
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Conditionally add multicols to enumerate environment

I would like an environment to be called by \begin{myenv} that conditionally adds multicols if called by \begin{myenv}{<number of columns>}. This is what I tried: \documentclass{article} ...
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How do I find memoir's margin settings for twocolumn mode?

I have a long document that I don't want to use twocolumn mode for, but I like the margins it uses. I'm going to manually use multicol to create two columns instead (so I can easily have footnotes and ...
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how to make ragged bottoms of columns in multicols when preventing page breaks?

The setup: I need to use multicols for say 3 columns where I have many small sections. I noticed that some sections are broken in the middle and end up wrapping to the next column, which I do not ...
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How to propely use the multicols package in beamer?

Here is a small example. \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{multicol} \usepackage{lipsum} \setlipsumdefault{1-1} \begin{document} \begin{frame} \tiny \lipsum \begin{multicols*}{2} \lipsum ...
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Aligning TikZ graphic vertically to neighbor in multicol

For my documentation of a blocks world problem in Prolog, I'd like to show the example code (using the listing package) next to the real world equivalent, which I made using TikZ. For this I used the ...
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Nested enumerate with multicols

I am currently working with nested enumerate environments in which the second level is typeset using a multicols, as follows : \documentclass[12pt, letterpaper]{article} \usepackage{amsmath} ...
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How to remove \vskip from beginning of multicols-environment

In the documentation of the multicol it reads that as a first action of an multicols environment (if there's enough space etc.) “[…] a \vskip of \multicolsep is added.” I use enumitem and combine it ...
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One column text under chapter title in memoir twocolumn mode?

I want to have one column text underneath the chapter name in twocolumn mode (where the majority of the text is in twocolumn). I can't. Even using onecolabstract doesn't do it. ...
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set the length of the column separation rule in multicols

I have trouble to make the line which separates two columns in a multicols environment reaching the bottom of the columns. \setlength{\columnseprule}{1pt} is managing the rule width. Is there ...
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Spurious Vertical Space Introduced by multicols (Additional Case)

This seems to be a duplicate of Spurious [?] vertical space introduced by multicols, but the solution from there does not seen to work for me. Basically I want the case of using multicols to not ...
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How to place a multicolumn table above a multicolumn figure?

I have a table that spans two columns of a page. I have a figure that also spans two columns. I tried adjusting the h, t and the * in different fashions, but I couldn't get it to work. The figure ...
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Is it possible to define a multicolumn environment with a background colour

EDIT: I should have given a MWE based on memoir (which I am using) where the inner and outer margins are initially different. I would like the margins to be the same in that new environment. (Inner ...
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How do I break a line without breaking a column?

I would like to have a forced line break without having a break in a column, similar to how the //* gives a line break while preventing the page from breaking. Specifically, I would like to be able to ...
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How to avoid page break after \end{multicols*}?

I am experimenting in LyX to create a page which has a single column and two column text. I inserted the following TeX code in the file. \begin{multicols*}{2} \lipsum[1] ...
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Split itemize into multiple columns

Is it possible to split an itemize list into several columns? (I'm sure it is, but I couldn't find a solution around here) And additionally: Is it possible to automatically split a list into multiple ...